Kerala FM Thomas Issac, BJP spar over MT’s demonetisation comment

�It is like only the BJP will decide on who is to speak and what to speak in the state. It is a kind of threatening,� Issac reportedly said

Kerala FM Thomas Issac, BJP spar over MT’s demonetisation comment

After the Kerala unit of BJP slammed Jnanpith award-winning Malayalam writer MT Vasudevan Nair for his adverse comments on demonetisation of high-value currency notes, state Finance Minister Thomas Issac came to his defence and likened BJP's action to a kind of threatening.

“It is like only the BJP will decide on who is to speak and what to speak in the state. It is a kind of threatening,” The Financial Express

reported him as saying.

Nair had commented on demonetisation, saying the move affected the life of the common man adversely, during the release of a book authored by Isaac at a function in Tirur in Malappuram district the other day.

"The government keeps on changing its word about the number of days needed to set things right. What I have understood is that the countries that played with the currency system have flirted with danger," MT said.

Following this, the BJP hit out at the writer, saying his intention was suspect. The BJP retorted that the party could not understand why and for whom MT made the remarks. "Many writers have been queuing up in front of AKG Centre (CPM's office in Thiruvananthapuram) of late. Their aim is some top posts in several boards. We don't want to count MT among them. The Kerala society doesn't expect MT among them," BJP leader KN Radhakrishnan told reporters in Kochi, according to a
Malayala Manorama
report.

The FE reported that he said: “He is no economist to react to the growing need for a cashless currency in the country. It could be understood if A Sethumadhavan, another writer who is a retired bank man, had given his opinion about demonetisation.”

He also questioned the writer’s ‘silence’ when politician TP Chandrasekharan was hacked to death and when ‘triple talaq’ was a raging issue.